[erlang-questions] Adding StartTLS support to eldap (for use Ejabberd)

OvermindDL1 <>
Thu Aug 9 03:40:00 CEST 2012

On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM, Rory Byrne <> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 07, 2012 at 08:27:54PM +0100, Gavin Henry wrote:
>> >> RFC 4513 is what needs to be read for this work and it's sponsorship, which
>> >> also covers the SASL side too.
>> >
>> > And probably parts of RFC 4511 too.
>> Yep, but they should know this one :-)
> Yeah, yeah, of course they do :-)
>> > Actually, the more I look at the ejabberd eldap version, the more I
>> > get the feeling that there is no chance that they will opt to use
>> > the OTP version as it stands. One of the first things they did with
>> > the eldap code was to rewrite it be asynchronous so it can have multiple
>> > ongoing requests to the LDAP server at the same time. The OTP eldap,
>> > on the other hand, is synchronous - it blocks on each request to
>> > the server waiting for a response. Clearly in the context of a large
>> > multi-user XMPP server, having asynchronous communication with your
>> > directory server is something you'd want.
>> Yeah, that's kind of a deal breaker then.
>> > I suspect there's a few other useful changes that they've made that
>> > they (or you) wouldn't be willing to give up.
>> True.
> Adding some of these features to OTP eldap wouldn't be too difficult,
> but I'd guess that only a subset of these changes would get accepted.
> And at the end of the day, I can't see ejabberd giving up their current
> flexibility where they can make any changes to their LDAP code as and
> when they need to.
> Anyway, it was good of you guys to offer to sponsor this. Hopefully
> you'll get hooked on Erlang yourself and stick around a while. The OTP
> eldap module is nice clean code and you could have a lot of fun working
> on it - once you find your feet that is. I'm sure it'll be looking a lot
> more enterprise-ready when you get your mits on it! :-)

I, personally, would certainly not mind StartTLS support and
asynchronous and concurrent connections being added to the OTP
version...  *hint*.

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